Routh First-Generation Center Staff
The Routh First-Generation Staff supports first-generation students through a number of programs and cross campus initiatives. Learn more about each of our staff members below.
Program Coordinator, Gen1 Learning Community
Dallas Reyes graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. As a first generation college student, Dallas participated in learning communities such as FOCUS and Regents’ Scholar Initiative. Both programs introduced her to peers, who were dealing with similar college experiences. These programs also helped her find great mentors on campus, get connected with peers and other resources, and establish a sense of belonging. Dallas began working in the Department of International Studies as a student assistant where she assisted students in navigating through their college experience. Through all of these opportunities, Dallas identified her passion for higher education and her commitment to being a resource for students to ensure students attain a similar positive and engaging undergraduate experience.
Upon completion of her degree, Dallas accepted a position with Advise TX. Her undergraduate experience, as well as her work experience, made her a great addition to the college advising team. Her main goal in this position was to serve underrepresented student populations in the high school setting to increase college access. In August 2017, Dallas returned to Texas A&M to work as an academic advisor for Department of International Studies. She advised for 3 degree granting programs within the department: Modern Languages, International Studies, and Classics. Dallas assisted with creating a first year seminar course for all incoming students in the department, as well as increase retention efforts throughout the 3 majors she served.
Most recently, Dallas joined the academic advising team in the Office for Student Success. Her main focus will be to assist with the Help Desk functions and services and to assist with testing, creating, and implementing the Ivy Chatbot, which will offer students, faculty, staff, and guests a one-stop question and answer stop. She is excited to be a resource for any student as they navigate through the potential barriers they may encounter during their time at Texas A&M.
Advice for students: Don’t let mistakes or disappointments ever make you feel like you cannot achieve greatness here. You have every right to be here just as the person next to you does.
Leticia Palomin earned her B.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, both from Texas A&M University. She is a Rio Grande Valley native from Pharr, Texas, and a proud first-generation Aggie graduate.
Before joining the Office for Student Success in the Routh First-Generation Center as Program Manager, Leticia has worked for the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the College of Education and Human Development. She worked for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color ("Consortium"). A joint partnership between Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin, the Consortium focused on advancing the educational outcomes (i.e., transitions, academic experiences co-curricular experiences, and degree completion) of male students of color across the P-16 educational pipeline in Texas.
In addition, Leticia is actively involved at the state and national level in the educational research community. Past research studies have included Latina/o parent involvement in the pre-college process, financial aid literacy for historically minoritized and marginalized groups, the role power plays within an organization; evidence-based practices to gain institutional support for student success initiatives, and faculty and staff cultural/student development.
Leticia looks forward to continuing to serve the Texas A&Mcommunity and contributing to student success!
Advice for students: Remember your "why" for everyone has a life story--YOURS brought you here. Embrace it. Share it. Own it.